Health Insurance Roundup, July 26, 2016


Should Your Small Business Offer Health Insurance? | MONEY

For a small business, helping employees sign up for Obamacare often is the best idea for them. 


Your complete guide to mandatory health insurance in Dubai | GulfNews.com

Isahd (Insurance System for Advancing Healthcare in Dubai) means ‘bringing happiness’ in Arabic and is an initiative by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to roll out sustainable health care for all nationals, residents and visitors in Dubai. 


Zenefits Settles With Tennessee Over Unlicensed Health Insurance Sales – Bloomberg

Zenefits reached its first settlement with a state government over its use of unlicensed health insurance brokers, an issue that prompted investigations in at least three other states and led its founding chief executive officer to resign this year. 


Health insurance pricing freed after 3-yr lock-in | Business Standard News

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) in its final norms on health regulations has said insurers can change the pricing of a health insurance product every year, three years after its launch. 


Arizona becomes the last state to provide health insurance to low-income children – The Washington Post

Arizona is rejoining a children’s health insurance program for low and middle-income families, becoming the last state in the union to provide coverage for health care, dental care, speech therapy and other services to families who don’t qualify for Medicaid. 


Six things young adults should know about buying health insurance

The alacrity shown by agents when selling health policies is often not seen when claims are submitted. 


Health insurance scheme on the anvil for Brahmins in State – The Hindu

The Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Corporation Chairman and former bureaucrat I.Y.R. Krishna Rao has appealed to the well-to-do Brahmins to reach out to the poor in the community. 


How to Cut Costs If Your Doctor Isn’t Part of Your Health Insurance Network – Consumer Reports

You’ve probably heard the horror stories. You go to a doctor or local hospital and expect that your health insurance will cover your costs. Then you get hit with a huge medical bill, which can leave you on the hook for thousands of dollars. 


Health Insurance Fraud | Jakarta Globe

A sample of a genuine state health insurance (BPJS Kesehatan) card, left, displayed alongside a forged one in Bandung, West Java, on Sunday (24/7).


Look out for insurance loopholes | GulfNews.com

Dubai: While the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) stipulates that all health insurance must cover chronic illnesses, residents need to scour the fine print. 


What’s bad for health insurers may be good for consumers – CBS News

After much speculation, it’s official: The U.S. Department of Justice announced last Thursday that it is suing to block health insurer Anthem’s proposed $48 billion acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed $34 billion acquisition of Humana. 


An EHIC won’t EVER get you home – the dangers of relying on your health insurance card – Mirror Online

It’s a risk millions of Brits take again and again – just one they don’t know they’re running. These are the dangers we’re putting ourselves in for the sake of a few quid. 


Oscar, a Bay Area insurance option for 2017, touts tech pedigree – San Francisco Chronicle

Starting next year, people in three Bay Area counties will have the option to choose a health insurer that goes by its first name, touts its mobile app and is backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalists. 


Rate hikes show rising health costs and Obamacare’s flaws | The Sacramento Bee

The big rate increases announced last week for health insurance policies sold by California’s version of the federal health reform are the latest evidence that the Affordable Care Act, despite its name, cannot do much to tame the rise of health care costs. 


Why pulling the plug on health insurance mergers was bound to happen | Business | The Guardian

The justice department lawsuits blocking two mergers that would have dramatically consolidated the market signal tougher stance on antitrust concerns. 


Iowa health insurance customers complain about rate hikes

Iowa’s insurance commissioner expressed sympathy Saturday with consumers who are outraged about steep premium increases for health insurance, and about the federal law requiring them to buy policies — but he offered little hope that he could help them much. 


3 Facts About Health Insurance Every Baby Boomer Should Know | Markets-and-stocks | host.madison.com

If you’re approaching retirement, it’s natural to look forward to the leisurely lifestyle you’ve worked hard to earn. But leaving the workforce often means taking on the stress of navigating the complex world of retiree health insurance. Here are three key things you need to know about health insurance as retirement nears. 


10 things to look for while shopping for health insurance | GulfNews.com

Dubai: If you are still shopping for a health insurance you might be looking for a plan that gives you real value for money and provides appropriate coverage with a small component of co-insurance or the percentage of the consultation and treatment that you have to pay as a consumer. 


Mandatory health insurance required for Dubai residents | Al Bawaba

A poll run by Khaleej Times in June showed that 58.58 per cent of the readers had already got covered while the remaining would do so by the end of the year. 


KSA Business: Expert welcomes single health insurance policy plan

Further growth is expected in the health insurance sector in Saudi Arabia after the full application of the single health insurance policy for the employer, according to an insurance expert. 


Employers told to pay health insurance of workers | Sun.Star

Employers must enroll their employees with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), a government health insurance agency said. 


Empire Editorial: On health care, please clap | Juneau Empire – Alaska’s Capital City Online Newspaper

When was the last time you cheered the fact that the price of something rose 10 percent? 


Cancer survivors hope for better use of sin tax collections in health services | mb.com.ph | Philippine News

Cancer survivors are hoping that President Duterte will include a comprehensive plan to utilize sin taxes when he addresses his first State of the Nation Address (SONA). 


Takeaway on health care issues: Many priorities, not enough cash – Crain’s Detroit Business

Four Democrats, four Republicans and on most issues, perhaps 80 percent agreement. Sounds remarkable, but the lawmakers who joined the Michigan Association of Health Plans summer conference last week at the Grand Traverse Resort were mostly on the same page about major health care issues in the state. 


How UAE residents choose best healthcare provider – Khaleej Times

Word of mouth and previous experience are the most significant factors in how individuals choose healthcare providers in UAE. 


Alternatives to VA health care | Valley Life | argusobserver.com

The health-care system of the Department of Veteran Affairs is always a popular topic of discussion at the coffee table, just about every day! And there are always negative as well as positive points of view. With the latest conversations, the subject of privatized health care in the VA is discussed more than any other. 


Justice Department to Challenge Two Health-Insurance Mergers – WSJ

The U.S. government is close to challenging two proposed mergers between four of the nation’s largest health-insurance companies, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would represent strong pushback against consolidation in the industry. 


Health insurance premium pain soaring

Australian households are spending about 20 per cent more on health insurance than they were in the mid-naughties and the cost has increased most for older couples, an in-depth study reveals. 


Don’t be fooled by the private health insurance industry’s pitch to 30-year-olds

There’s a great con job targeting younger Australians, and the government and insurance industry are in cahoots. 


Covered California announced health insurance rate increases for 2017 | ABC10.com

Covered California unveiled its rates for 2017 on Tuesday and announced that some health insurance plans will be expanding into new areas throughout the state to compete for consumers in California. 


Premera individual health insurance rates to rise almost 10 percent, even with $55 million help from Alaska – Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska’s only insurer on the individual insurance market will raise its rates nearly 10 percent in 2017, a significantly smaller increase than those seen in the past two years, thanks to a $55 million cash injection from the state. 


Umatilla County will have fewer health insurance choices, higher premiums in 2017 – Local News – East Oregonian

Four of the seven companies that offered individual coverage to Umatilla County citizens this year announced they are pulling out of the county next year, citing insufficient payments by the federal government to cover losses from high-risk customers. 


Aditya Birla Firm Registered As 6th Player In Health Insurance – NDTV Profit

Aditya Birla Health Insurance has become the sixth company in India to be registered in the segment, regulator Irda said on Monday. 


Double-Digit Health Insurance Premium Spikes Loom for Maine Individual Market | Heartlander Magazine

Insurers in Maine are proposing to raise individual health plan premiums by as much as 22 percent to cover rising costs imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 


Fifty-six percent of employers confident public health insurance exchanges will be an option for pre-65 retiree coverage within two years – NASDAQ.com

More than half (56%) of U.S. employers are confident that public health insurance exchanges will be a viable alternative to group health plans for pre-65 retirees by 2018, according to a survey from Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW).


Reedsburg School Board approves health insurance change | Regional news | wiscnews.com

The Reedsburg School Board voted to adjust the Alternative Benefit Plan, which allows employees to receive a payment instead of health insurance if they get insurance through an outside source or another employee in the district. 


Mass. wins delay on federal health insurance rules – The Boston Globe

State and federal officials have negotiated a deal to delay a federal policy that threatened to destabilize health insurance rates at small businesses across Massachusetts. 


Buying health insurance through California exchange could cost you more next year – InsuranceNewsNet

It could cost more to buy health insurance through Covered California for next year, but Californians likely will not see the steep premium increases facing consumers buying coverage through health exchanges in other states. 


Starbucks Widens Workers’ Health-Insurance Options – WSJ

Starbucks Corp. on Monday became one of the most high-profile employers to switch its employees to a private health insurance exchange. 


Loss of employer-based health insurance in early retirement affects mental, physical health | EurekAlert! Science News

The loss of private health insurance from an employer can lead to poorer mental and physical health as older adults transition to early retirement, according to a study by Georgia State University. 


Sub regional leaders to examine national health insurance scheme | Antigua Observer Newspaper

Governments of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are to collaborate on a study to investigate the viability of a national health insurance scheme for the sub-region. 


Foreign inmates fall through health insurance cracks – SWI swissinfo.ch

Some 2,000 foreign prisoners sitting in Swiss jails may only be eligible for emergency medical care because they lack insurance for routine treatment, Swiss public television SRF reported. 


Eva Jean Fomalont of beWellnm: Offering health insurance can help NM organizations attract and keep staff – Albuquerque Business First

A recent WalletHub report ranked New Mexico 26th in the country for business startup activity. This is in stark contrast to the news New Mexicans are familiar with about the weak economy, education and poverty issues.  


No visa without health insurance – Saudi Gazette

Employers who do not provide health insurance to employees and their dependents may be banned from recruitment permanently, Al-Madinah Arabic daily reported on Monday. 


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